The palette, from which all perception is formed, is not made of a bright spectrum of pigments and light, it is a palette filled with all the feelings and emotions people have toward all things. The perception a person has of things that are before him or her will ultimately be manifested from the palette of whatever media they choose to amplify the feelings and emotion they have toward the subject they have chosen.This is not by choice but it is the process of that which is truth finding light that gives vision to others of those things we see. All things of earth are of equal worth and beauty. Our perception is skewed by all our feelings good and bad. It is a wonderful life when we can see how beautiful our life is and recognize that much of the bad and negative is perception of our own mind. This earth, this life, have provided us with the broadest and most wondrous palette of imagery the universe has to offer. Rejoice, seize each moment, let not one get away from you. ~ Harold Hodges
At the age of twelve I entered the freshman class at Tuscaloosa High School and met Harriet Stogrin who would be my art teacher the next four years. I did not know that she would also prepare me for how I would live the rest of my life. With her blessing the kids all affectionately called her “Stogie”. The first thing she taught me was that I did not have to go anywhere to find a source for beautiful pictures. At the time I was familiar with the elements of design and she showed me that I could be anywhere, stand in one place and look three hundred sixty degrees in any direction and choose to see in wide panoramas or focus directly and close anywhere within my sight to find exotic compositions using those elements I had learned. Next she showed me that I could use those places I found as “Points of Departure” and from those points dive deeply into the inner spaces of my own mind to discover places that I had not known were there. Over the next four years Stogie formed the way I would look at the world forever. I found I could see visual rhythms and discovered the universal heartbeat in all things; that is what I look for and the element I have attempted to express in my pictures since the day Mrs. Stogrin gave me awareness of it. I now ask you the viewer to join me and use my pictures as a point of departure to explore the inner space of your own mind. discover the rhythms and touch the universal heartbeat that connects us. If you are able to the picture is then complete.
Harold Hodges Portrait by Barbara Snyder